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Wigan Athletic Preview

8 September 2017

Marcus Braddock previews the weekend's game with Wig

With Salop unbeaten and playing their 3000th league game this weekend against recent F.A. Cup winners Wigan athletic, there is no better time to pop down to the Montgomery Waters Meadow. Marcus Braddock previews the game.

After what seems like aeons, Shrewsbury Town return to home action with a rather decent record behind them so far. Wigan Athletic provides the opposition and they're also in a good position and have had a bit more of a break than we have which means they've fallen three points behind us. Although Wigan are unbeaten in the league, it's Interesting to see that they've won in three games although two of those games were in the cup and one of the games saw them eventually win a penalty shoot-out. The one League game that they haven't won was at home against Portsmouth who managed to take a point away.

What seems quite ominous is Wigan's away form, admittedly its only two games but two that they won with clean sheets. The team that scored the most against Wigan was Aston Villa who put four past them in the League Cup, all of which came from balls played from the flanks. Most of the goals they've conceded seem to come from the wings but does that mean they're vulnerable or does it suggest that they have a strong central core that you can only go around. Given that we play with wingers, we could make some progress from those areas.

Defensively, if you're going to dwell upon the ball in front of your own goal, they will certainly look to punish you but even if you don't, they've got players more than capable of scoring without the opposition helping. So it's our most difficult test so far but that shouldn't faze us, we've seen bigger and better teams here over the last decade and we gave no quarter to them, hopefully we can do the same to Wigan.

The Manager

Paul Cook.
Age: 50.
Games in charge: 7. Wins: 4. Defeats: 1. Draws: 2.
Previous clubs Managed - Portsmouth (107 games, 52 wins). Chesterfield (games 145, wins 65). Accrington (33 games, 8 wins). Sligo Rovers (203 games, 95 wins), Southport (28, wins 5).

Top Scorers

Nick Powell 3
Michael Jacobs 2
Ivan Toney 2

Assists

Lee Evans 2
Ivan Tony 2

Red Cards
2, Cheyenne Dunkley vs. Portsmouth August 26th and Callum Elder vs. Milton Keynes August 5th.

Referee: Mark Heywood from Cheshire. Games this season: 4. Average yellow cards 2.5 per game. Average red cards per game: 0.25.

Assistants: Michael Denton and Mark Griffiths
Fourth Official: Abbas Khan

Team News

Town

Bryn Morris is on the road to recovery but is still a few weeks away from match fitness. Joe Riley is approaching match fitness and may appear from the bench.

Wigan

Goalkeeper Christian Walton is out with a broken leg. Cheyenne Dunkley is suspended after his sending off against Portsmouth. Defender Craig Morgan is missing long term because of a hip injury and midfielder Shaun MacDonald is still recovering from a broken leg he sustained last season.

Prediction

This is going to be a tough game against a team who were playing Premier League football not so long ago. Odd really because I remember them being a much smaller team from what is traditionally Rugby town. These days it's little old Shrewsbury against the bigger club which is fine, I’m used to that, if I needed reflected adulation I would have supported Barcelona. I'm quite happy for us to be the underrated underdogs flying under the radar. I think there is something for us in this game, a draw would be a point which would keep us up in an elevated position and even a defeat would see us still in the top ten. But I don't want to think about defeat, Wigan have a few defenders missing and I hear winger Nathan Byrne is playing in a less advanced role than his current one but then we have a similar situation with Junior Brown who is doing a great job.

Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Wigan Athletic

COYB!!!

 There's no better time to see us in action than now, if you're going to go to just one game this season, this could be a good one. The lads have done us all proud and they deserve our support against a sold out away end. I hope to see you there!

Marcus

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Match Reports

Town 1 Wigan Athletic 0

9 September 2017

Payne goal gives Town brilliant win

Town: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Shaun Whalley (Omar Beckles 90+3), Abu Ogogo ©, Junior Brown, James Bolton, Jon Nolan (Ebou Adams 90), Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman, Stefan Payne (Lenell John-Lewis 77)
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Joe Riley, Omar Beckles, Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John-Lewis, Ebou Adams

Wigan Athletic: Jamie Jones, Nathan Byrne, Sam Morsy, Lee Evans, Ivan Toney (Will Grigg 63), Gavin Massey (Ryan Colclough 63) Alex Bruce, Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell (Gary Roberts 77), Reece James, Dan Burn
Subs: Matja Sarkic, David Perkins, Will Grigg, Gary Roberts, Terell Thomas, Noel Hunt, Ryan Colclough

Referee: Mark Heywood
Assistants: Michael Denton and Mark Griffiths
Fourth Official: Abbas Khan

Attendance: 6929 (1442)

Shrewsbury Town went to the top of League One with a heroic display at the Montgomery Waters Meadow. Wigan, like Town, had come into the game unbeaten, but a first half goal from Stefan Payne was enough to give Shrewsbury the win. Town had to soak up some pressure in the second-half, but Dean Henderson had little to do as the Town defence put their bodies on the line.

Team News:
Carlton Morris is struggling with the hamstring injury that he picked up at Gillingham last weekend, so Stefan Payne leads the line. Dean Henderson has returned from England Under-21 duty and comes back into the side in place of Craig MacGillivray. With Morris out, Joe Riley comes into the 18.

First Half:

It was a high tempo start from both sides as they looked to win the midfield battle. The closest Town came in the opening 10 minutes was when Alex Rodman shot wide from 20 yards after some good work on the edge of the box from Jon Nolan.

However, it was the visitors who had the best early chance when Nick Powell capitalised on a weak James Bolton back-pass. The former Manchester United forward then played a neat one-two with Ivan Toney, but Dean Henderson made himself big and Powell’s shot hit the Town ‘keepers midriff.

Michael Jacob’s had been earmarked as one to watch before the game and he went close in the 14th minute. His mazy run down the left saw him take the ball past a couple of Town men, but his shot went into the side-netting.

With 19 minutes on the clock Town produced their best moment of the game. After a decent spell of possession, Ben Godfrey slipped in Shaun Whalley on the inside left channel and the Liverpudlian winger cut inside before unleashing a curling effort, which looked destined for the top corner until Jamie Jones made an incredible flying save to tip it onto the bar.

After Wigan’s fast start Town were growing into the game and they took the lead on 26 minutes. Wigan failed to fully clear a Shaun Whalley corner allowing James Bolton to lift the ball back into the box. Toto Nsiala met the cross and his flick on was stabbed into the goal by Stefan Payne from 6 yards.

Wigan responded well to going a goal behind and for a ten minute spell Town had to defend well, but they did so, with Wigan only testing Dean Henderson once when Michael Jacobs cut in from the left, but his shot went straight into the hands of the United loanee.

Town weathered the storm well and showed their brilliant energy levels towards the end of the half with Nolan, Ogogo and Rodman all winning the ball back in positions high up the pitch. Rodman went close with an effort from 20 yards which went just over the bar, but he was then booked in first-half stoppage time when he was judged to have had his foot in a high position.

Half Time: 1-0

Second Half:
The tempo of the first half had been incredibly high and it didn’t appear as if it would slow down anytime soon in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. However, despite the high intensity there was little goalmouth to speak of.

However, on 60 minutes Wigan went as close as they had come all afternoon when Gavin Massey swung in a dangerous looking ball which Ivan Toney met with a diving header but his effort clipped the outside of the post and went behind for a goal-kick. It would be Toney’s last action of the match as the former Town loanee was replaced by Will Grigg.

Wigan continued to push forward, but they were restricted to half chances as Nsiala and Sadler snuffed out any danger that came their way. At the other end, a wicked free-kick from Shaun Whalley was turned over the bar by a Wigan defender with Town’s frontmen queueing up to finish.

With 13 minutes remaining Town made their first change of the afternoon as Lenell John-Lewis replaced Stefan Payne. Stefan had gone down with what looked like a sore neck half-way through the second period and it felt like the right time to bring on fresh legs.

In the final 10 minutes, Wigan threw men forward in search of an equaliser, but Town continued to put their bodies on line, with Bolton and Sadler making crucial blocks to keep out the likes of Grigg and Colclough.

With less than four minutes remaining Town gave a free-kick away in a dangerous area when Godfrey was judged to have fouled Evans on the edge of the box. Gary Roberts stepped up to take it but Dean Henderson managed to get down well to his right and turn it round the post.

As the fourth official showed five minutes of added time Town were getting deeper and deeper, so Paul Hurst decided to bring Ebou Adams on to add some more steel to the Town midfield and three minutes later brought on Omar Beckles as Town looked to shut Wigan out.

And they did just that as Lenell John-Lewis held the ball up well near the corner flag before Mark Heywood eventually blew the final whistle.

Full-Time: 1-0

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Ticket News

Wigan Ticket News

8 September 2017

Ticket details for our game at home to Wigan

Shrewsbury Town v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 9th September – 3:00pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Wigan Athletic.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan there card for stadium entry. 

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

Ticket prices for a 2017/18 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 
•    In person at the Greenhous Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

We are still finalising plans for this season’s Flexi Tickets and details on this will be available on the club website once these are decided upon. 

If you are interested in coming as a youth group then we provide free tickets for groups of up to 25 people - for more details click here

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact out Commercial team here - commercial@shrewsburytown.co.uk

If you can't make it to the game you cn listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

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